Canada: Ontario Provincial Government’s New Open Data by Default Policy Goes Into Effect on April 1, 2016
Ontario, Canada is moving to an open data by default policy. The decision follows the completion of a province-wide open data directive draft period that included feedback from local citizens and entities. The Open Data Directive will take effect on April 1, 2016 and will apply to all Ontario ministries and provincial agencies requiring them to make data public, unless it is exempt for privacy, legal, confidentiality, security or commercially sensitive reasons.
Ontario was the first jurisdiction in Canada to consult on a draft open data directive. The province has developed a four-part plan aimed at creating a more open government.
…only 7 of the 25 most requested data sets are online so far, although the province says it is working to add the others as soon as possible. The directive itself also only includes some but not all of the recommendations made by the Open Government Engagement Team. Notably missing is the recommended expansion of the Open Government Secretariat to reflect a comprehensive approach to digital strategy.
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See Also: Open by Default – A new way forward for Ontario (via Ontario Government)
See Also: Ontario’s Open Data Directive (via Ontario Government)
Direct to Ontario Government Open Data Portal
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